Divine Jet has the cre­den­tials

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - RACING -


THE first 25 sec­onds in to­day’s Cape Premier Year­ling Sales Guineas could be cru­cial.

Karl Nei­sius has only 400 me­tres to get Divine Jet into a de­cent po­si­tion from his dread­ful draw be­fore Ke­nil­worth’s horse­shoe bend be­gins to pitch him out to­wards dis­as­ter and al­most cer­tain de­feat.

Fur­ther­more he has to do it with­out giv­ing away un­nec­es­sary ground or us­ing up en­ergy that his so-far un­beaten mount will need when it re­ally mat­ters.

Guineas king Dean Kan­nemeyer (four wins in the past seven sea­sons) says that Divine Jet and his other two run­ners have peaked at just the right time “although it will be hard for Lian­court Rock and De­par­dieu to turn round the form with Va­ri­ety Club.”

Va­ri­ety Club is the form horse on Se­lan­gor run­ning but Joey Rams­den ex­pects an im­proved show­ing from the two sta­ble com­pan­ions who fin­ished un­placed that day – “Sil­ver Haven was a long way off the pace and was only do­ing his best work when the race was fin­ished, and Mas­ter Mas­cus wasn’t sparkling be­fore­hand. He has now turned the cor­ner while Va­ri­ety Club has done great since the Se­lan­gor.”

Nine days ago Rams­den paid R4 560 (twice the nor­mal en­try fee) to sup­ple­ment the 100-1 no­hoper The Bal­ladeer who is in the same own­er­ship as Va­ri­ety Club. It is widely ex­pected that Grant Behr will be in­structed to go to the front to en­sure a de­cent pace but, in­trigu­ingly, the geld­ing’s shrewd trainer does not con­firm this, say­ing only “The Bal­ladeer is there to make them all think!”

The dan­ger - for the oth­ers - is that Behr will go to the front and then slow the pace. That would re­ally put the cat among the pi­geons. It cer­tainly wouldn’t suit Princess Vic­to­ria whose bril­liance was dimmed by a falsely-run race in the Avon­tuur Fil­lies Guineas. She is bid­ding to be­come the first filly to win this for 17 years and Sean Cormack’s be­lief in his mount is as strong as ever.

“I’m go­ing into this with con­fi­dence,” he says. “She never dropped the bit with me last time and that means a lot, as does the way she has taken that race. She is a su­per­star.”

The hand­i­cap­pers rate her equal top at the weights with Va­ri­ety Club and Sil­ver Flyer but, even so, it was a lit­tle sur­pris­ing to see her head­ing the mar­ket when ear­lier in the week. Weight of money soon saw Divine Jet over­tak­ing her and yes­ter­day had the pair favouritism at 3-1.

Va­ri­ety Club (4-1) and Sil­ver Flyer (9-2) come next. The lat­ter won the Din­gaans, Turf­fontein’s an­swer to the Se­lan­gor, with au­thor­ity and Mike de Kock is bid­ding for his fourth Cape Guineas win.

Sev­eral pun­dits have said Gim­methe­green­light will not see out the longer straight but Justin Snaith is con­vinced they are wrong. “They also counted him out in the Se­lan­gor yet he al­most won and he has im­proved since. Divine Jet is go­ing to have to be world class to beat him and Va­ri­ety Club.”


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